Summer's Last Splash

There's still time to savor the season's best wines from sun-soaked Washington grapes



Whether you’re entertaining on the patio or watching the tide from your beach chair, summer calls for one last wine-inspired hoorah. Before fall ushers in cooler temps and more time indoors, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s family of wines celebrate the light and relaxing nature of the season.
After all, summer just isn’t summer without the outdoor grill. Fresh, seasonal ingredients set the bar for thirst-quenching wines that cleanse the palate without too much fuss. Pair Oysters Rockefeller with a refreshing Pinot Gris or a juicy grilled steak with a Cabernet Sauvignon, and watch your guests swoon.
Porch swings beckon as you open a bottle of Riesling from the Columbia Valley, noting its fruity hints of apricot and peach. Cool and refreshing, you’ll find it as informal as a beach bonfire, with a touch of sophistication. The Eroica Riesling from the Columbia Valley exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime flavors - a perfect complement for lighter meals like fish or chicken.
If you plan on sneaking in one last vacation, we recommend a case of your favorite reds and whites for those evenings spent watching the sun go down with family and friends. Crowd-pleasing, softer varietals like Indian Wells Chardonnay from the Columbia Valley deliver tropical pineapple flavors that go down easy, especially when you’re dining al fresco with a tropical vibe.

Before summer heads out like a lion, hold it back a bit longer with summer-inspired wines that help you unwind with friends—and the occasional frisbee.
Find recipes and wine pairings at that take advantage of longer days and warmer nights. Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA 98072.

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